Peanut Butter Balls

December 1, 2011

in 5 Ingredients, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes

Not your typical peanut butter ball…these are healthy peanut butter balls. These are lower in fat, lower in sugar and are a perfect holiday snack. Peanut butter balls, also known as Buckeye’s are a traditional holiday treat. To be honest I find regular peanut balls overly sweet. I love these as they’re not over the top sweet, but amazing none the less, cause hello… peanut butter and chocolate!

A great option for a healthier holiday treat. We make these every year, the whole family loves them!


Peanut Butter Balls
Prep time
Total time
Makes 15 balls (could easily double recipe if needed)
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 15 balls
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (smooth)
  • 2 x 30 gram scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 20 drops liquid stevia (I used NuNaturals vanilla stevia) *
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted (could also use another light oil)
  1. If your peanut butter is really firm, bring it to room temperature so its easier to mix. Microwaving it for 20-30 seconds works well.
  2. In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, protein powder and liquid stevia. It will form into a dough. Roll into 15 balls.
  3. Place the balls in the freezer over parchment or wax paper for 20 minutes until firm. (Important step, as if you don't freeze them first, they won't hold up when rolled in the chocolate)
  4. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil (or other oil) for 30 seconds your microwave, or over the stove in a small pot with a low heat. Stir. Microwave longer if needed until melted.
  5. Using 2 forks, roll the balls in the chocolate as you would with a truffle. Remove and place on parchment paper on a plate or cookie sheet. Repeat for all 15 balls.
  6. Place back in freezer to set. I would store them in an air tight container in the freezer. Take out 10 minutes before serving.
* Its important to use a liquid stevia, as it adds a lot of sweetness without the bulk of regular stevia packets.
* If you find the dough is too dry to form balls, add water, 1 Tbsp at a time to make the balls a roll-able consistency
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 90 Fat: 6 g Carbs: 5.4 g Sugar: 2.7 g Fiber: 1 g Protein: 5.4 g

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  • Kim

    I think you just became my favorite person in the world. These are SO good! I only made a half batch in case I didn’t love them, but now I regret it. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Awesome! So happy to hear you loved them!!! These are a favorite of mine 🙂

  • edengodsoe

    I love that someone added this recipe to SkinnyScoop’s “Favorite Cookie Exchange Recipes” Buzz List – I’ll have to try it out!

  • Keh65

    THESE ARE AMAZING… i made them with PB2 chocolate to save calories… it was amazing.

    • Kristine Fretwell

      PB2!!! I have it! Now I must make them again with that. Did you use all PB2 and mix with water, or just sub out some of the peanut butter. Would love to know 😉

      • Kim

        I also used PB2. I just added a tablespoon of water at a time until it looked like the right consistency.

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